This evening, Wednesday November 4, 2020, the Baker School District was notified that four (4) students tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Fallon County Health Department, the District’s staff and students were not in contact with the students during the period of possible exposure. The students last attended face-to-face instruction with fellow students and staff at Longfellow Elementary and Baker Junior/High School on Friday October 30, 2020 six (6) days prior to the students’ diagnosis.
If any staff or students are at risk of exposure, the Fallon County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill, seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Fallon County Health Department and has continued thorough cleaning/disinfecting of the school facilities. School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.
With the addition of these four (4) new active cases we currently have 14 active cases either staff or students within the District. At this moment we currently have 63 students and 13 staff members in quarantine and/or isolation as a result of testing positive and/or based on contract tracing related to a positive test result. These numbers adjust daily as individuals have met the requirements to return to campus, thus lowering our numbers and/or our numbers increase as a result of additional positive cases and contact tracing. These numbers will be reported with new positive cases.
The question has been raised, "at what point do we start analyzing the need for a possible short-term closure." The decision to transition to remote learning for all students/staff or specific buildings/classrooms is dependent upon our ability to staff our buildings and continue to provide in-person/face-to-face instruction to our students.
As a District we continue to require face coverings, promote physical distancing when possible, wash/sanitize hands, sanitize/disinfect surfaces, and clean our facilities. Thank you for your continued support of our school system and assisting us in keeping our students and staff safe.